Have you ever heard of Gibraltar? It is a British overseas territory located in Spain! Did you know that? I certainly did not. You will find it in Andalusia (south of Spain) and when you cross borders (because you have to cross the borders, pass customs and have your passport ready) nothing immediately changes but you will hear English as the main language instead of Spanish.
What a strange thing! This is possible in Spain?! How can the UK own land in Spain? In (Western) Europe? It seems a bit out of this world. Maybe my amazement is just silly! I was really curious about what life would be like there, but it was really disappointing. I did not find the city very beautiful, except for the huge rock mountain which gives reason for the name of the city. You may remember from my history lesson in the previous post that the Moors conquered over the Iberian Peninsula for a couple of centuries, so when they had settled in Gibraltar the city was named "Jabal Ṭāriq" (: Mountain of Ṭāriq). This eventually changed into Gibraltar.
The rock is truly beautiful in this city. Its beauty really stands out, which to me only emphasizes the that the town looks old and run down. However, the rock makes the city worthy of a visit! If that does not convince you, then you have the famous apes of Gibraltar (the only wild monkeys you will find in all of Europe), which were brought by the British to Gibraltar from Morocco. I have been told that there is this legend that the British will only leave Gibraltar if the monkeys do. My tour guide was a Spanish man, so I found his comments and jokes especially intriguing because you see how the Spanish might think or feel about this strange situation. I believe the Spanish would want Gibraltar to be part of Spain again, so yeah.. it is quite interesting.
Other than that there is very little I can tell you. Oh, wait. I found a Topshop! That was nice, but I was too sticky to go shopping. I went to Gibraltar with a tour guide and we did not stay as long as I had wanted to. I wish I could have walked around the town more after having done the tours, but it was not so. We did visit a cave, it seemed small, but the lighting was beautiful! I found it funny that when we had to walk back through customs, back into Spain, it had a little sign! What a weird situation. Have you ever heard about Gibraltar? Did you know it was part of British overseas territory?